Backseat in The Dark by Milton Dewar

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One man’s bad day turns into a nightmare in author and director Milton Dewar’s “Backseat in The Dark”, a fantastic short story with twists and turns you won’t see coming. Here is the synopsis:

An about-to-be ex-husband is forced to confront his own demons, and something far worse, on his way back home, on a lonely stretch of road.

This short yet thrilling read takes the reader on a journey, as you delve into the angry mind of an ex-husband haunted by his past and confronted with an unexplainable and unbelievable new future. The story was well written, with the story and characters jumping off the page and painting  a portrait of a fantastic short film just waiting to be shot. The characters are real  and bring the dark story to brilliant life.

Overall this is a fantastic short story that needs to be read. With a fantastic setting that brings the story a whole new level of creepy atmosphere and a brief background that sets up a chilling ending, this story highlights the powerful storytelling of author and director Milton Dewar. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of “Backseat in The Dark” today!

Rating: 10/10

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The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title by The Berhg

**Trigger Warning**Please note this book features themes around suicide and depression.**

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review.
Many thanks!

It’s rare that a short story will come along that pacts just as much of an impact as a full blown novel, and yet that’s what has happened in
The Berhg’s “The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title. Playing on the overuse of the "Girl” titles, this short story is filled with
fantastic imagery and emotional stakes that are unequal in measure. Following the titular Girl as she traverses a realm of untold possibilities
known as The Lines. With a dark story that weaves through the lines of life and death, this is an incredibly powerful tale that showcases an
important message.

The Berhg is a fairly new author, with a couple of novels under his belt, and yet this short story really proves he has the right stuff, as
the creative and emotional impact the author has in this story shines in every word and every line. The subject matter is incredibly important,
and what’s really amazing is reading about the deeper connection the author shares with the same subject matter. I think it’s something a lot
of people will be able to identify with, and on top of that emotional core to the tale, the narrative plays out like a Gothic horror story,
with some vivid imagery that cannot be replicated and easily paints a picture in ones mind. Overall, this was a phenomenal read and this reviewer
looks forward to reading more from The Berhg in the future. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title
now!

Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessy Review:

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and
Booklover Catlady Publicity in return for a fair and honest review. Many
thanks!

A short, spine-tingling adventure with a surprise twist! That’s how this blogger would describe the story Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessy.

This short story follows three siblings, all caught up in a web of intrigue as the eldest brother, Marcus, believes that they are vampires,
destined to hunt and kill whomever they please. The middle child, Rocco, fought the urge to feed and turn, but ultimately lost as a result
of his brother’s influence, leaving the youngest sister, Juliana, to fight Marcus for what is right and what is wrong. Yet the mystery
of the story showcases that no one truly knows what is happening to these three innocent looking yet deadly children. Are the children
merely suffering from a delusion, or are vampires truly walking among them?

While there were a few minor grammar and pacing issues in this first story, the overall theme, mystery and character development were highly
intoxicating to read, and left me wanting more as the final pages finished. The first of a planned series, this is a story that needs to be
delved into more, and that in my books is the true marks of a great story. This is worth the read, and I can’t wait to see the next installment
in the A Tale of Vampires series. Be sure to get your copy of the book now!

Developing Plot #2: Deciding The Main Obstacle

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When you decide to write a story, whether it be a short story, a novella, or a full book, deciding what the main obstacle or problem of the
book is important. No matter what your genre is, what the characters are doing, or who your characters are, the main obstacle is what brings
the entire story together. Bottom line: if you have no obstacle, you have no story.

For instance, let’s take a popular book and see what it would like look without a central problem. For instance, the Hunger Games by
Suzanne Collins. The series’ main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, lives in world where the planet’s government has not only divided the
country into twelve districts, but has put into motion a yearly ritual in which a boy and a girl are chosen to participate in deadly games
in which you must kill or survive until you are the last person standing, like a modern day gladiator ring. When her young sister is chosen,
Katniss steps in and volunteers to take her sister’s place, putting herself in danger in order to protect her sister.

Now what would have happened if her sister hadn’t been chosen? Katniss would never have had a reason to volunteer for the Hunger Games. Without that, she never would have gone on to become the central figurehead for a revolution. She never would have saved her friend/love interest, Peeta, and would never have gone on to be the first couple to survive the games. She never would have broken the entire Hunger Games system, and never would have helped the rebellion take down the antagonist for the series, President Snow. Without that central obstacle in the first novel, without her sister being chosen, Katniss never would have had a journey worth telling.

This is why the central obstacle is important for any book or book series. Without that first and main obstacle, there is no start to the
story. There’s nothing for the story’s protagonists to overcome. There’s nothing tangible to hang onto, and therefore the story collapses.

Question: What is an example of a story that lacked a central obstacle?

Editing and Cooking! 2014 Vlog Day 257 (September 14th, 2014)

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Editing and Cooking! 2014 Vlog Day 257 (September 14th, 2014)